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  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Houston
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

2018

Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?

MD/MPH

Are you considered in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes?

in-state

What was your MCAT score?

517

What was your undergrad GPA?

4.0

What was your undergrad science GPA?

4.0

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?

75002

What is your race/ethnic background?

Caucasian

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

9 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"BCM has been doing the 1.5 year basic science, 2.5 year clinicals curriculum for years now. It is extremely student friendly and lends itself to a lot of flexibility, which is very helpful for succeeding in USMLE prep and residency planning." Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Though the student body is overall collaborative, BCM still has a very competitive atmosphere. Maybe this is the case wherever you go, but I've always felt that expectations from faculty are set extremely high." Report Response

What is the reputation of the school in the medical community?

10 out of 10

What is the reputation of the research that goes on at this school?

10 out of 10

Please provide any other general comments on your school

No Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

10 out of 10

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

7 out of 10

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

10 out of 10

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Both

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Systems-based

How many courses are taken at a given time?

1

How long are you typically in class per day?

4-5 hours

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"Some of them have mandatory attendance, particularly during first year, such as anatomy lab and other group-based afternoon experiences 1-2x per week. The lectures, however, are 8-12 and attendance is never required." Report Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Video recording

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

2

How many students per cadaver?

3-4

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

9 months

Is the curriculum lecture-centric or small-group centric?

3 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?

yes

How much patient interaction is there in the pre-clinical years?

7 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

yes

What books are necessary?

"Helpful review book ideas are past down from class to class but in general, you get the material you need through the lectures. Reading is up to you (i.e. if it helps you understand better, you can check out books that previous classes have found useful)." Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

No Response

Is the curriculum designed to promote a specialty? If so, which specialty?

No Response

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

9 out of 10

Are faculty members very available to students via email/message board?

9 out of 10

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

No Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

No Response

Are there many opportunities to shadow/work with clinical faculty?

10 out of 10

Are the faculty willing to mentor students in regards to career guidance?

10 out of 10

What is the grading scale used during pre-clinical years?

"Pass, fail" Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Honors, high pass, pass, marginal pass, fail. Whether or not the class is ranked is a complicated question, so I'll address that here. First, we do have AOA, so ranking is kept internally for this purpose. Second, rank is kept internally to determine what your final word on your MSPE letter for residency will be. Some schools say what percentile you rank in your class; BCM is more subtle and has words (outstanding, excellent, etc.) that represent percentiles but they are very brought groupings (i.e. the middle 50% of the class all has the same word, so you can delineate between 25%ile and 74%ile. It's more subtle so supposedly less pressure." Report Response

Is the class ranked?

yes

Clinical Rotations

How are clinical rotations scheduled? What are the required rotations?

"You put in preferences. I've been pretty fortunate in getting the sequence I've wanted but it might be hit or miss. They try very hard to enable you to have your top choices." Report Response

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

9 out of 10

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

9 out of 10

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

9 out of 10

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

9 out of 10

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

7 out of 10

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"It varies a lot on rotations but in general you're responsible for pre-rounding on a 1-4 patients in the morning (including checking EMR), checking in with the resident in charge of your patients before rounding with attending, presenting the patient on rounds, and then writing a note on your patient in the chart." Report Response

What is the status/condition of the affiliated hospital(s)?

No Response

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

9 out of 10

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"It varies. We have a private hospital, county hospital, and VA hospital, and we get experience rotating at all three. This gives us a lot of breadth in our training, as we get exposure to a very diverse group of patients." Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

10 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

10 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

8 out of 10

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

Clinical years

If a car is required for education, how available and convenient is the parking provided to students?

5 out of 10

Is on-campus housing available?

no

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

5 out of 10

Please describe the on-campus housing if available (i.e., cost, type - studios, 1-br, 2-br, etc.)?

No Response

What percentage of your medical school classmates would you estimate live on campus, if on-campus housing is available?

5 out of 10

Is couples housing available?

no

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

yes

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

5 out of 10

Social Environment

Do students do a lot of activities outside of school together?

8 out of 10

What do the students typically like to do in the area?

No Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

7 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

8 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

6 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

7 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

7 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

7 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for married students?

7 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for older/non-traditional students?

7 out of 10

Post Graduation

How do graduates from this school fare in residency and clinical practice?

"Our match goes pretty well each year. It helps that we have had the highest average STEP I score in the nation the past several years." Report Response

Is this school known for producing physicians strong in a certain area? If so, which area?

No Response

What do you believe residency directors think about graduates from this program?

No Response

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